Silvermine Lake to Black Mountain Trail

MODERATE 87 reviews
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Silvermine Lake to Black Mountain Trail is a 3.8 mile loop trail located near Highland Falls, New York and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
590 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

25 days ago

Great views of lake and amazing with the snow!

hiking
1 month ago

Started the hike on the yellow blazed Menominee Trail to the left (lake side) of the old ski slope. Fairly flat along the lake with packed snow or mud. The trail starts to climb after about a mile toward the AT shelter. We ended up taking the AT away from Black Mountain, doing the clockwise loop to the southwest of the lake. On the well-traveled section of the AT, the snow was fairly deep but there were enough tracks from other hikers so we didn't sink into the snow too much. The last section connecting Seven Lakes Pkwy back to Menominee Trail had not been used much so it was slow going. No clear views from "peaks" on this stretch of the trail as you are in the woods. Did not see anyone on the trail when we started at around 10:30 but there were a lot more people on the Menominee Trail when we came back (after noon). Hope to come back to do the rest of this trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful this time of year. We were there on a weekend morning and traffic was light. My almost 5 year old found the initial part a bit challenging, but once we started descending on the AT he did great. You don't get to see much view between the trees unless you break a bit into the small lake, but this time of year the trees are so pretty you really don't need anything else.

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6 months ago

Nice hike... added the extra two miles for epic views from black mountain... totally worth it... bushwhacked a bit at the end to avoid the road... again worth the prickers for the peaceful walk around the lake... you will work for those views :)

hiking
6 months ago

I would rate this hike at a 6. Steep at certain points. To get the view of the lake from the top you need to follow the white trail after you go over the road looking path. Start out Following the yellow trail near the lake and than you have to pick up the white trail by Lean to shelter. You follow the white trail for about a mile than you must turn on what looks like a road which is actually silver Mine rd. There are no more trail markers at this point you just follow that road looking path. This hike is definitely NOT 3.8 miles it’s 4.9 miles. They need to mark this trail better!!! when you get to the intersection of silver Mine road and white trail take left onto to the path that looks like a road!! Stay alert or you’ll be hiking over 7 miles.

7 months ago

Great trail. Pass a lean-to across the way and remember to bear left up the scramble. It does end up on the road, but it's only for a short walk back to the car.

hiking
9 months ago

Fun hike but could not locate the Spanish Mine

10 months ago

The beginning of the hike and the lake were nice. We didn't like that the end of the trail is the road. Maybe we missed a trail and just ended up on the road. The park seems nice with everyone grilling. We'll have to try that one nice day

hiking
10 months ago

Awesome

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11 months ago

Slightly different hike from same parking lot. Stockbridge mountain and Lake Nawahunta loop hike. Completed in February with new fallen snow - was great.

11 months ago

Easy enough hike with a beautiful view of the lake for half of the time.

hiking
11 months ago

As noted earlier, toward the end you can cross the stream beneath the dam (some easy rock-hopping) and follow the shoreline back to the parking area. No need to walk along the road.

11 months ago

Challenging, yet fun.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

perfect length, great views

hiking
Monday, February 06, 2017

Varied trails, great with kids.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Nice moderate hiking trail

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Great moderate hike. A few rocky uphill inclines but all manageable with our dog. She loved climbing up the rocks with us. Keep an eye open for wildlife (and snakes).

Tip: The silver mine road you take off the Appalachian trail (before the AT starts climbing up again) heads back to the lake. If you follow that to the dam and cross the creek you can walk along a footpath that leads right back to the parking lot and avoid the main road.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Hiked on a week day and didn't see other hikers cept the two I was with. Hiking along road on way back and not realizing trail loop cut up behind shelter only two issues. Most drivers gave ample space ✔️ and losing trail was my own fault :-/. Torrential rain actually made it more interesting. Raspberries along the lake portion of the path were a great addition to a great day. Definitely worth it.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The hike itself was pretty cool! Lush scenery and a good workout. The biggest issue was the markers... Kind of got off trail and hiked longer than planned. Overall had a great day despite getting soak and wet. Had a cool hiking partner as well.

hiking
Monday, July 04, 2016

First part is great. Once you pickup the mine road it's a little basic, and walking back to start on the highway is never all that fun. Still, overall a good hike.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Silver Mine lake trail was a fun hike. I mistakenly took the cut path up the old ski slope thinking that was the trail head, beat some bush linking back up to the main trail. Stick next to the lake and between the ski slope for the easier start or be adventurous like me and my German Shepherd dog, it's all good! Pretty tunnel of wild flowers up top.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Another trail rated "easy" and as a beginner I wouldn't consider it easy. There were no markings after following the R/At trail to turn onto silver mine rd to get back to 7 lakes dr. We wound up climbing to the top of Black Mtn and then had to double back.

hiking
Sunday, April 24, 2016

Nice trail. What you need to know: when you start the trail, you are following the yellow trailblazers. Once at the top of the hill, where the shelter is, you must start following the Appalachian trail (red on white trailblazers) if you want to complete the loop.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Great trail, beautiful views of NYC skyline. Good mix of bouldering and uphill

hiking
Sunday, January 25, 2015

One of the better hikes in the region! Trail is very well maintained and a relatively easy to moderate hike with the exception of two or three steeper sections once you pass Silver Mine Road. However, you are rewarded many fold with views looking back to Silver Mine Lake and then further one with Manhattan. We did the hike a day after 10 inches of snow fell on the area. The track was still in very good condition and well packed by others - expect for the steeper AT section after Silver Mine Road. It was still a great hike!!

hiking
Monday, September 15, 2014

This is one of the better hikes around this area. It's nicely maintained. There are two short steep sections, but overall it's a moderate hike. The best part about this trail is the view you are rewarded with near the end. You get a great view point looking back towards Silvermine Lake, and a great view towards the Hudson and Manhattan at the summit of Black Mountain. Unlike a lot of Hudson Valley hikes, you don't see a lot of houses or roads below.

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